Images Capturing Subjects From Climate Change to Refugees, Classic Portraits to Abstract Landscapes: Highlights of AIPAD Photography Show

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Ashley Gilbertson: Refugees, primarily from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, disembark on the island of Lesvos, Greece, 2015
Monroe Gallery of Photography, Santa Fe

In its new location at Pier 94, The Photography Show will be held from Thursday, March 30 through Sunday, April 2, 2017, with an expanded program of exhibitions and events. More than 115 galleries from around the world will offer contemporary, modern, and 19th-century photographs as well as photo-based art, video, and new media. Presented by AIPAD (the Association of International Photography Art Dealers), the 37th edition of the Show will commence with a Vernissage on Wednesday, March 29.

One of the world’s most highly-anticipated annual art fairs, the Show is the longest-running and foremost exhibition dedicated to the photographic medium.


The 2017 Show will include more than a dozen AIPAD Talks featuring prominent curators, collectors, artists, and journalists as well as special exhibitions on loan from the noted collections of Artur Walther, Martin Z. Margulies, and Madeleine P. Plonsker. New projects will include portrait-making with the world’s first digital camera, the AIPAD Screening Room, and an outdoor video projection.

“This is the most exciting, innovative, and comprehensive Photography Show we have ever produced,” said Catherine Edelman, President, AIPAD, and President, Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago. “The anticipation of AIPAD's transformation has energized the photography community, and collectors are telling me they are greatly looking forward to the expanded offerings.”

David S. Allee, Practice Field Below, 2016, Dye sublimation metal print 72 x 48 in, Edition of 3
Morgan Lehman Gallery

The Photography Show will feature more than 115 galleries from across the U.S. and around the world, including Europe, Asia, Canada, Mexico, the Middle East, and South America. Four new sections – Salon, Gallery, Positions, and Discovery – will offer work from established and new AIPAD members and first-time exhibitors, as well as younger galleries. In addition, more than 30 book sellers and publishers will also be represented at the Show. A list of exhibitors is available at:



Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, will exhibit recent portraits by Mickalene Thomas and Zanele Muholi.

Scheinbaum & Russek, Santa Fe, will show work by Carrie Mae Weems in a themed exhibition that celebrates the child.

Alfred Stieglitz’s 1919 portrait of Georgia O’Keeffe will be exhibited at Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York. Philippe Halsman’s gelatin silver prints of Marilyn Monroe from 1952 will be on view at Keith de Lellis Gallery, New York.

Starting in 1968 as a member of the Nigerian Arts Council, J. D. 'Okhai Ojeikere cataloged the extraordinary varieties of women's intricate hairstyles. Ojeikere's work was featured in Documenta 12, 2007, and in The Encyclopedic Palace, curated by Massimiliano Giono for the 2013 Venice Biennale and will be on view at L. Parker Stephenson Photographs, New York.

De Soto Gallery, Venice, CA, will show portraits from Alma Haser’s Cosmic Surgery series, 2014-2016, including 3D photographs and freestanding paper sculptures. The exhibition, Haser’s first with the gallery, will include new pieces that combine photography with collage and origami.

Mark Klett and his eldest daughter Lena share the same birthday. His annual father and daughter “birthday portraits,” made from 1992 – 2016, have never been seen and will be on view at Etherton Gallery, Tucson.

Walker Evans​, Laura Minnie Lee Tengle, Hale County, Alabama, 1936 Vintage gelatin silver print, 6 x 7.625 in.
Robert Klein Gallery, Boston

Lisa Sette Gallery, Phoenix, will present a solo exhibition of work by Charlotte Potter who creates hand-engraved portraits from glass treated with a digitally developed light-sensitive decal, merging modern and traditional technologies. Her 2017 miniature portraits of iconic photographers pay homage to those who shaped the history of the medium.

Rania Matar’s arresting, coming-of-age studies of U.S. and Lebanese girls resonate universally and can be seen at Pictura Gallery, Bloomington, IN.

In a similar vein, Jo Bentdal captures the sensitive strong gaze of teenage girls reminiscent of Renaissance portraiture on view at Shoot Gallery, Oslo.

At Tasveer, New Delhi and Bangalore, Jyoti Bhatt documents fading vernacular artistic traditions found in rural India including a 1969 image of a tribal woman decorating a bull for a festival.

Alex Majoli’s striking photograph of a man walking along a railroad track in the Republic of Congo from 2012 will be on view at Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York. Majoli explores the human condition and calls into question darker elements of society.


Photographs made by Ashley Gilbertson of the refugee crisis in Greece, the Balkans, and Germany while on assignment for UNICEF in 2015 at Monroe Gallery of Photography, Santa Fe, are among the fine examples of photojournalism on view.

Patricia Conde Galería, Mexico City, will exhibit Alejandro Cartagena’s Carpoolers series, 2011-2012. Photographed from a pedestrian bridge, Cartagena, depicts pick-up trucks taking people to work near the U.S. Mexican border.

Omar Imam’s recent photographs of refugees living in tents in Lebanon will be on view at Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago. As a Syrian refugee himself now living in Amsterdam, he photographs families, and listens to their stories of war and starvation.

Social Justice

Photographs from Lucinda Devlin’s series of 30 images of electric chairs and lethal injection chambers throughout the U.S. will be on view at Lee Marks Fine Art, Shelbyville, IN. Since the publication of her book of the same title published by Steidl in 2000, some of these facilities have been closed, but some remain in operation. A retrospective of Devlin’s work is currently on view at the Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC, and will travel to the George Eastman House, Rochester, NY.

Climate Change

With the support of a Guggenheim fellowship, Scott Conarroe at Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, examines how climate change is affecting the Alps. As permafrost retreats even higher, terrain no longer conforms to borders established in the last century.

Gender Issues

Christa Blackwood addresses gender issues by placing large red dots, which signify female empowerment, on her portraits and landscapes, at Candela, Richmond, VA.

Selections from Lissa Rivera’s 2015 Beautiful Boy series at ClampArt, New York, feature portraits of her gender queer domestic partner and muse. The photographs investigate the visual language of womanhood and recall childhood fantasies of dressing up, tapping into deep-seated narratives about desire, beauty, and cultural taboo.

Tara Bogart’s work from her series A Modern Hair Study, 2012-2015, on view at Elizabeth Houston Gallery, New York, features portraits of young women shot from behind, highlighting hair color, style, and tattoos.


Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles, will show abstracted landscapes by Katie Shapiro and Jason Engelund.

Sabrina Raffaghello Contemporary Art, Milan and Berlin, will exhibit experimental work by Franco Grignani from 1956.

At Galerie Lefebvre, Paris, Jaroslav Rossler’s c. 1923 The Bridge represents a very early example of abstract photography.

Cameraless Photography Gallery 1/1, Seattle, will feature a themed exhibition of one-of-a-kind cameraless prints that honor the photograph as an object by Jenna Kuiper, Daniel Kukla, and Brianna Tadeo.

Michael Hoppen Gallery, London, will present Manuel Franquelo’s Things in a Room (Untitled#10), 2015, part of a new series by one of Spain's most important photographers. The still lifes of objects from his studio result from the artist’s own printing technique, which allows for incredible detail and depth.

Ibasho, Antwerp, Belgium will show recent work from Motohiro Takeda who became fascinated by the camera obscura while studying at Parsons in New York. His resent series Another Sun was based on his discovery of a mark made by the sun on the photographic paper hanging in his apartment.

JHB Gallery, New York, will offer a themed exhibition of cameraless photography by three women artists, Ellen Carey, Christine Dalenta, Amanda Means, who are among the foremost experimental photographers working today.

Wendy Small was trained as a painter and approaches photography as such. Her work, though imagistic, is distinctly painterly: carefully selected objects from her life are photographed, transferred to paper negatives, and then exposed as photograms and will be on view at Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York.

Since his first exhibition in 1967, German photographer Karl Martin Holzhäuser has been one of the earliest pioneers of Concrete and Generative photography. Creating a new genre in the field of cameraless photography, he works completely in the dark according to a predetermined program of movement and exposes photographic paper with self-devised lighting tools. His work will be exhibited at Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, New York.

Early Photography

Contemporary Works/Vintage Works, Chalfont, PA, will present 19 photographs by French 19th century photographer, Gustave Le Gray, perhaps the most influential photographer of that century.

Charles Isaacs Photographs, New York, will show Timothy O’Sullivan’s 1873 print of Ancient Ruins in the Canon de Chelle (New Mexico), one of the most important and iconic images to have emerged from the exploration of the American western frontier.

One of the most famous houses in the world, Abbotsford in Scotland, was purchased by novelist and poet Sir Walter Scott in 1811. With the addition of a fantastical pile of turrets and crow-stepped gables, Scott transformed the once humble farmhouse into his own fairy-tale castle.

William Henry Fox Talbot’s 1844 salt print of the house will be on view at Hans P. Kraus Jr., New York.

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